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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on August 11, 2022

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Summer in Ottawa just cannot be beat. Despite last week’s suffocating soup-like weather, we are back on track this weekend to be able to enjoy our beautiful city and all of the fun things that we manage to jam into it. Whether you are looking for great food, engaging walking tours, a nail-biting showdown, or a unique cultural experience, our city will not disappoint this weekend. Stay safe, stay hydrated, and make the most of these golden days of summer, my friends!

All Weekend

The Ottawa Titans are finishing off a nine-game home stand this weekend, and they have been on a hot streak lately.  The boys in red and black have been second place in the East for most of the 2022 season, but the third-place Sussex County Miners are coming up close behind to challenge for our playoff spot. This weekend promises to be electric, as the first-place Québec Capitales are in town, giving us the opportunity to close the gap at the top of the standings. Saturday is “All-Canadian Night” with post-game fireworks and “Canadian-themed fun.” Purchase your tickets a day in advance online to save time and money.

Thursday through Monday, enjoy the Northern Lights free sound and light show at Parliament! The show runs until September 5 this year, and is still a great way to start a night out on the town in the market or finish an evening on a downtown patio.

Imagine Monet has been extended for three weeks until September 4 at the EY Centre. This immersive experience featuring the work of impressionist artist Claude Monet brings some of the most famous art in the world to life . Timed-entry tickets start at $31 per person or $107 for a family pass and are available online. Parking on site is $8 and the EY Centre is accessible via OC Transpo.

The 11th annual Asinabka Festival is excited to present the best contemporary Indigenous film, video, digital media, art, and music from Canada and around the world. This year the Festival takes place over five days with an opening night outdoor screening in the SAW Courtyard, in-person screenings at the OAG’s Alma Duncan Salon, an art exhibition opening, a music showcase, and a 2-Spirit Ball at Club SAW. The event kicked off on Wednesday and wraps up on Sunday. Tickets are available online, with day passes starting at $15. Check out Apt613’s preview of the event.
The Capital Fair is back! Opening Friday August 12 and running until next Sunday, August 21, you can join in on all the classic fair fun once again at Rideau Carleton Casino. Besides the huge midway and games, this weekend you can catch the draft horse pull, lumberjack competitions, Capital Blues Revue, and a demolition derby all in one insanely packed lot. There will be pet stunt teams, a clown named Doo Doo, tons of live music, and jingle dancers this weekend alone. Admission for people over 13 years old  is $10, with additional costs related to the midway (of course).

 

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Ottawa Greek Fest wraps up on Monday, so consider this your last call for the best Greek food any of us eat all year. Find the party at 1315 Prince of Wales Drive, beginning at 4:30pm each afternoon. Admission is free. Don’t miss the Zorba show, the dance troupes, or the opportunity to eat your way around the festival grounds.

This is the final weekend to catch The Tempest in a park near you! A Company of Fools has been taking their colourful show from park to park in July and August to bring Shakespeare to the people. You can find them at the Diefenbunker on Thursday, the Experimental Farm on Friday, and Windsor Park in Old Ottawa South for their closing show on Saturday. All shows are at 7pm, and only run 90 minutes! Bring your lawn chair and picnic dinner to these incredible pay-what-you-can shows.

Are you into puppets, perhaps?  Check out the legendary Puppets Up event in Almonte this weekend. Featuring puppets from all across the world, this event was a big draw for the lovely little town of Almonte before an extended hiatus begun in 2016, and so this weekend will have an extra little bit of celebration attached. Festival-goers can watch shows in five theatres, including the Old Town Hall. Thirteen troupes will be performing 63 shows all weekend, ranging from solo performances with hand puppets to marionettes, including the Almonte District High School’s Peter Pan, which played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We dive deeper into this awesome event here.

Thursday

We all know that the Market is the place to be on summer evenings, and Thursdays are no exception. Check out the Byward Night Market once the sun goes down for local treats, street food favourites, and some ByWard Bops.

Friday

It certainly isn’t spooky season yet, but our friends at Saunders Farm still want to scare the bejeezus out of us. Friday and Saturday night you can preview this fall’s FrightFest content on the farm for Midsummer Night’s Scream. Preview The Coven, Shambles, Barn of Terror and more.  You’ll also be able to visit Saunders Ciderhouse Taproom, and grab some fresh farm to table eats on their patio. Timed tickets are available online for $40 each beginning at 6pm, and the terror is rain or shine.

 

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OK, so let’s keep it creepy shall we? The Haunted Walk is offering moonlight walks around the Mackenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park, sharing some of the strangest stories about one of our most famous prime ministers. Explore the  incredible property, Mackenzie King’s passion for spiritualism and the supernatural, and hear some of the best ghost stories from the grounds and surrounding area. Tours take place entirely outdoors, beginning at 8pm. Tickets are $24.99 per person.

Immersive art experiences are all the rage right now, and who would hate being trendy more than Banksy? The artist is the focus of the latest immersive art event at the Aberdeen Pavilion open to the public on Fridays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Banksy 360* timed tickets begin at $41 for adults, and are available online. See over 50 of Banksy’s works come alive across multi-media surfaces, and every detail is maximized allowing participants to be surrounded by moving images of the artist’s work and influences.

Saturday

613flea is back  this weekend in the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne and is free to attend from 10am-4pm. This is the place to get all of your one-of-a-kind gifts and treasures from local artists, makers, thrifters and upcyclers.

Join the Merry Dairy at the Agriculture Museum on the Central Experimental Farm Saturday for Family Fun Day during this weekend’s Summer Fest. If ice cream isn’t enough to convince you, the museum has a whole weekend of cool activities planned, including a scavenger hunt, meeting the alpacas, ice cream making and horseback riding demonstrations. Parks Canada will also be on hand sharing information about the joys of camping. The event is included with the price of admission to the museum.

The Lac Léamy Fireworks continue to light up our skies on Wednesday and Saturday this week. This Saturday, the musical theme is “Mexico” and if it is anything like the last few nights, it will be a show you do not want to miss. General admission tickets are still available for the event at the Museum of History in Gatineau, for $14. There are food trucks and activities in addition to the massive pyrotechnic show. If you’d rather just catch the explosions, get to Major’s Hill Park, Richmond Landing, the locks, or your favourite viewing spot early to get the best vantage point.

Sunday

Sundays are for learning!

If you haven’t taken a wander through Beechwood Cemetery yet, let me tell you that you are missing out, friends. This Sunday, take the opportunity to learn more about this national historic site on the Reconciling History Tour. This program focuses not only on the history of Beechwood and those buried here, but more specifically on those who were involved with the Indigenous community, like Dr. Peter Henderson Brice, who while working at Indian Affairs documented the health crisis in the residential school system, and Nicolas Flood Davin, who wrote the book Industrial Schools for Indians and Half Breeds [sic] that was used as the foundation for creating the residential schools. The tour lasts roughly one hour, and is free of charge. Register ahead of time so they know to expect you!

Another great walking tour is happening in Lowertown, offered by Heritage Ottawa. Offered in French this week, the Basse-Ville Secteur Ouest tour will bring to light the cultural developments and important historic monuments of Lowertown West in the vicinity of Dalhousie and Bruyère streets during this fascinating tour of part of Ottawa’s most historic area. Tickets are $10 for Heritage Ottawa members.

Less interested in history, and more in nature? Then head to the Arboretum for an enlightening tour on Endangered Trees of the Dominion Arboretum by the Friends of the Experimental Farm. Ottawa’s Arboretum collection contains many trees which are  “threatened” and the Arboretum fulfills an important role in providing habitat for threatened species and the opportunity for public education. This tour will highlight some of the vulnerable species at the Dominion Arboretum and discuss factors that led to their endangerment and possible solutions to help preserve and restore tree species of precarious conservation statuses. The tour is free, but donations to the Friends are always welcome.

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